Homeless sexual minorities at greater risk for physical and sexual violence, mental illness

Homeless youths who are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender have a perilous existence on the street. Compared to heterosexual homeless youth, they experience more physical and sexual violence, use more drugs and abuse them more frequently, have more sexual partners and have higher rates of mental illness, according to a new University of Washington study.

The study appears in the May issue of the American Journal of Public Health. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism funded the research.

"A lot of people believe homeless adolescents are on the street by their own choice. That usually isn't the case," said Bryan Cochran, lead author of the study and a UW doctoral student in psychology.

"Their lives are something of a revolving door. These youth grow up in horrendous family environments. At home there can be frequent physical and sexual abuse, and their parents often abuse alcohol and drugs. Life on the streets presents them with new challenges. But neither place is very hospitable."

The subjects in the study 84 sexual minorities and 84 straight youth, all homeless were recruited as part of a larger Seattle Homeless Adolescent Research and Education Project. Subjects were 13 to 21 years old when interviewed.

The researchers found that sexual minorities reported being physically or sexually victimized on average by seven more people than did heterosexual homeless youth. Boys were more likely to have been abused in the past three months, but girls reported more incidents of abuse while they were homeless. Sexual minorities reported leaving home an average of 12 times compared to seven times for straight homeless youth.

The study showed sexual minorities had nearly twice as many sexual partners in their lives than did heterosexual homeless youth, 24 vs. 13. Both groups reported having unprotected sex about half the time. However, Cochran said, the important factor is who street youth ar

Contact: Joel Schwarz
University of Washington

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